Opera singers ‘Back in Town’

Published 5:06 pm Thursday, September 1, 2011

Swan and Cares

Opera at the Acorn brings back Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. last year’s smash hit “Jacques Brel and Kurt Weill are Alive and Well and Living in Three Oaks” under a new name, changed so that it could transfer it more easily to venues other than the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks. It is now called “Jacques Brel and Kurt Weill are Back in Town!” but it is the same show, with maybe a song or two added.
It still features the amazing Martha Cares and Opera at the Acorn founder Robert Swan singing the best songs of two of the finest songsmiths of the 20th century. Martha Cares brings her years of Broadway experience and an intimate, personal touch to everything she sings. Robert Swan brings his screen and stage instincts to bear on the funniest and most dramatic of their songs.
The Acorn will again be visited by the legendary Bonnie Koloc, and accompanied by Don Stille on piano and accordion, Elliott Delman on guitar and bass and Dan Davis on percussion.
The songs are still the greatest Brel and Weill had to offer, from “Mack the Knife,” “September Song,” “Youkali” and “Alabama Song,” to “Jackie,” “Old Folks,” “Funeral Tango,” “Ne Me Quitte Pas” and “If We Only Have Love.”
Stille is the accordion player called upon whenever the Chicago Symphony needs one, and Delman and Davis are two of the hottest players on the Chicago scene.
Tickets are $25 and available at www.acorntheater.com. Call (269) 756-3879.